It is not without reason that in a recent article, "Prophecy Comes Full Circle," we emphasized the importance of what happened on 19 March, 2003 when "Babylon on the Hudson" (America) seized control of the precincts of ancient Babylon ("Babylon on the Euphrates") and in doing so united in itself the dreadful prophecies of the Old Testament with the equally dreadful prophecies of the New Testament. [We URGE you to see APPENDIX 1; please also see "Part 1 of Chapter XII of the New Antipas Papers, "In Search of Babylon."]
In achieving this victory, the American military awakened a powerful prophetic imperative that has lain dormant for some 2,000 years – initiating in the process a frightening course of prophetic events; one that gives evidence as to just how close mankind is to "THE END." We discover this imperative in a puzzling lyric in the seventeenth chapter of the Book of Revelation:
Very obviously, the Bible is presenting us here with a puzzle – a riddle that is meant to obscure its meaning to those against whom its message is directed; from governments, peoples, and organizations - and most especially, from the false religious leaders of today's apostate church, who, if they truly knew what had been written, would destroy the Scriptures if they could. [Please see our article, "Luciferic Christianity."]
As it is written:
And just how enigmatic this particular riddle is, is attested to by the way the Bible introduces us to it:
BUT, while the purpose of such puzzles is to obscure the truth from some, at the same time it reveals truth to others. To most people, such biblical ciphers will always remain an enigma; but to those who are called according to His purpose (cf. Romans 8:28, 2 Timothy 1:9), they are puzzles which, with study (2 Tim. 2:15), can be unraveled. The Bible says:
PERSONS OR NATIONS?
Over the years innumerable attempts have been made to decode Revelation 17:10-11; these attempts have been largely centered around the notion that the "seven kings" referenced in the cipher are not persons, but nations (or empires); but a close examination of the lyric itself renders such a conclusion absurd.
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SIXTH KING IN ESTABLISHING A "TIMELINE"
It's with all this in mind that we can begin to grasp the importance of 19 March 2003 – the day when the Babylon of the Old Testament was subsumed by the Babylon of the New Testament (i.e., the United States). [Again, please see our article, "Prophecy Comes Full Circle."]
Time-wise, then, it's exactly here - 19 March 2003 - that we must place ourselves regarding the Apostle John's vision – an event that falls under the purview of President George Bush II. The vision of the "seven kings" (cf. Rev. 17:10-11), therefore, must be seen from the perspective of the presidency of Bush II (the sixth king).
BUSH II – THE SIXTH KING
We are left, then, with the following succession:
Then there is the sixth president – the president when the Babylon of the Old Testament was linked to the Babylon of the New Testament.
We then come to the seventh president who – according to the lyric – "... must continue a short space ..." (i.e., he will somehow or other be removed from office, probably by a military coup d'etat)
Finally, the lyric says: "And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition."
If that's the case, then the next president – regardless of whether or not his ascension to the presidency is legitimate or not (i.e., the result of a military coup) IS the antiChrist, and we are left to somberly contemplate that time may have run out for us. [We URGE you to see our article, "An American Coup d'Etat."]
STANDING ON THE EDGE OF AN ABYSS
If all this is true, then - clearly - we are standing at the edge of a vast, menacing abyss where prophecy is transforming itself from a dream into reality, and where the ethereal is taking on physicality – and this stunning reality is attested to by more than the words of this particular passage of Scripture.
For example, it doesn't take a rocket-scientist to measure the extreme tension that exists today between Iran and Israel regarding Iran's drive to acquire nuclear weapons; a tension that – in the end – will most likely be shattered by an Israeli air attack on Iran's nuclear facilities; an attack that will no doubt catalyze the final radicalization (Islamization) of the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa, which in turn will set the stage for the Gog / Magog War. [Please see our article, "Precipitating a Cascade of Prophetic Events."]
The strain caused by this tension both in the Middle East and throughout the world is like the stress that presses in on a pregnant woman who is, with each passing day, drawing ever closer to her birth pangs; she cannot be certain of the exact time when she will give birth, but it seems that she cannot possibly retain the child much longer in her body; still nothing happens; she just keeps getting bigger and bigger.
This is the kind of tension that Paul was talking about when he compared the strain the world would be living under as THAT DAY draws ever nearer; a day -
This is serious "stuff," and it no doubt will make most people draw back in FEAR; but in this case, FEAR can be a good thing because it concentrates our minds and gets us off our fannies; indeed, the Bible says that this kind of FEAR is -
But if we fail to be instructed by this FEAR, the Bible tells us that we are "FOOLS:"
An American coup d'etat
Moreover, the fact that evangelicals could embrace religious groups that are absolutely NOT Christian – as they did during the last election when they supported Romney for president for the IDIOSYNCRATIC REASON OF "SAVING AMERICA FOR CHRIST AND THE CHURCH" – evidences the blindness that has overtaken them. [Please see our article, "Christianity in the Service of a Religio-Political-Corporate-Terrorist State; also, please see our article, "The Third World as a Model for the New World Order System."]
Very obviously, they have failed to remember the words of the Apostle Paul concerning such alliances:
"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?" (2 Corinthians 6:14)
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers
[We URGE you to see our article, "The Evangelicals and the Mormon Church: Uniting Christ with Belial."]
"I'll do all I can to help you [meaning Romney]. And you can quote me on that."
Graham went on to say:
"I will turn 94 the day after the upcoming election, and I believe America is at a crossroads. I hope millions of Americans will join me in praying for our nation and to vote for candidates who will support the biblical definition of marriage, protect the sanctity of life and defend our religious freedoms."
Shortly thereafter, the Billy Graham Association removed its reference to MORMONISM as a cult on its website.
The failure evangelicals to any longer differentiate between the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of this World has led to a blindness that has made FOOLS out of all of them. [Please see our article, "Christianity in the Service of a Religio-Political-Corporate-Terrorist State;" please also see, "Going outside the Camp."]
Well did Jesus say of them,
"They be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch." (Matthew 15:14)
"They be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch." (Matthew 15:14)
Evangelicals refuse to come to grips with the apostasy that has taken hold of the church. They refuse to abandon the church they love so well; BUT THAT CHURCH NO LONGER EXISTS, and the very real fact of the matter is, trying to fight the misdirection and even heresy in today's evangelical church while remaining a part of it is an impossible task. [Please see our article, "Luciferic Christianity."]
It isn't that there are not countless numbers of godly men and women who are still part of this church and who fervently love the Lord and who are honestly seeking to do His will; it's just that they are a part of an institution that is, unfortunately, going in the wrong direction, and there is nothing they can do - other than tampering with odds and ends on the periphery - to change that.
It's like someone who is walking west towards New York on a ship that is sailing east towards London and who thinks that by doing so he can with much effort at last reach New York. It's impossible!
Trying to fight the misdirection of the church while remaining a part of it is an impossible task. It's like someone who is walking west towards New York on a ship that is sailing east towards London and who thinks that by doing so he can with much effort at last reach New York.
It's not without reason that the Bible says:
"... A little leaven leaveneth the WHOLE lump ..." (Galatians 5:9) [Please see our important article, "A Little Leaven Leavens the Whole Lump."]
The question in all of this now is, What will YOU do? Will you prove yourself to be a true disciple of Christ? Are YOU willing to take the Prophetic Scriptures seriously? OR, will YOU prove yourself to be nothing more than a SALON RADICAL? - an"ARMCHAIR RADICAL?"
It is exactly upon such people that the Scriptures say the "end" will come -
"... SUDDENLY as a thief in the night." (2 Peter 2:10)
Evangelicals today are running the very grave risk of being dismissed PERMANENTLY from the Lord's service and consigned to a place where they will be "weeping and gnashing of teeth." (cf. Matthew 22:13, Matthew 25:30 and Luke 13:28)
God bless you all!
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Then make copies and take these copies out to the campuses where you live; pass them out; OR if that seems too "daring" for you right now, post them on telephone poles, the sides of buildings, on campus bulletin boards; post them in union halls, in the neighborhoods of the poor and downtrodden, near employment offices, wherever you can.
Once again, we URGE you to read (or re-read):
IN SEARCH OF BABYLON
The ancient city of Babylon grew in size and importance from the days of Nimrod (Gen. 10:10) until it reached its greatest glory in the reign of Nebuchadnezzar (B.C. 604-562). As described by Herodotus, it was an exact square of some 15 miles on a side, or 60 miles around, and was surrounded by a brick wall 87 feet thick and 350 feet high, though probably that is a mistake, 100 feet being nearer the height. On the wall were 250 towers, and the top of the wall was wide enough to allow six chariots to drive abreast. Outside the wall was a vast moat surrounding the city, kept filled with water from the river Euphrates; and inside the wall, and not far from it, was another wall extending around the city.
Twenty-five magnificent avenues, 150 feet wide, ran across the city from north to south, and the same number crossed them at right angles from east to west, making 676 great squares, each nearly 3/5 of a mile on a side. The city was divided into two equal parts by the river Euphrates, that flowed diagonally through it, and whose banks within the city were walled up and pierced with brazen gates with steps leading down to the river. At the ends of the main avenues, on each side of the city, were gates, whose leaves of brass shone as they opened or closed in the rising or setting sun like "leaves of flame."
The Euphrates within the city was spanned by a bridge, at each side of which was a palace, and these palaces were connected by a subterranean passageway underneath the bed of the river, in which at different points were located sumptuous banqueting rooms constructed entirely of brass. Near one of these palaces stood the "Tower of Bel" or Babel, consisting of eight towers, each 75 feet high, rising one upon the other, with an outside winding stairway to its summit, which towers with the chapel on the top, made a height of 660 feet. The chapel itself, which was lavishly furnished, could be reckoned in today's dollars as approaching $1,000,000,000.00.
Babylon was probably the most magnificent city the world has ever seen; "poor" Jerusalem was but a small, provincial and tacky village in comparison! Babylon the Great - that "Great City" (Rev. 18:2); Jerusalem, the "Holy City," (Rev. 21:10) - "small and compact" (Psalm 122:3).
BABYLON: A MYSTERY WRAPPED IN AN ENIGMA
And what about Prophetic Babylon? It will, of course, be every bit as magnificent!
Before we set out on our hunt for this great city, however, let's deal with one of the biggest stumbling blocks to any search: the thought that "Prophetic Babylon" has anything at all to do with the ancient city, or that the verses which deal with this prophecy (i.e., Revelation 17 and 18; Isaiah chapters 13 and 14, and Jeremiah chapters 50 and 51) were fulfilled when Cyrus took Babylon in B.C. 541.
As strange as it might seem, there are some who insist that the prophecies concerning "Babylon" (again - Revelation 17 and 18, Isaiah chapters 13 and 14, and Jeremiah chapters 50 and 51) were fulfilled when the Medo-Persians captured Babylon in 541 B.C. - and that these verses have, therefore, nothing to do with events yet future. But there is too much in these chapters which were not accomplished when Cyrus took the ancient city of Babylon. For example, both the prophecies of Jeremiah and Isaiah, like those of the Revelation, indicate that Babylon [Prophetic Babylon] is to be destroyed suddenly and catastrophically - "in one short hour," NEVER TO BE INHABITED AGAIN!! But when Cyrus took the city in B.C. 541, he took it so quietly and with such little commotion that some of the inhabitants did not know until the third day that Belshazzar had been slain and the city taken.
Some years later, it revolted against Darius Hystaspis, and in B.C. 478 Xerxes took the city and plundered it. But he did not destroy it. In B.C. 331, Alexander the Great prepared to lay siege to the once again thriving and powerful city, but the citizens threw open the gates and received him with acclamation. During the subsequent wars of his generals, Babylon suffered much and was finally brought under the power of Seleucis. In B.C. 293 Seleucis founded Seleucia in the neighborhood of Babylon, and the rival city gradually drew off a large portion of Babylon's inhabitants so that by A.D. 15, Strabo spoke of the city as being largely deserted.
Nevertheless, there still existed within the city a large Jewish population left over from the "Captivity." Indeed, we find that the Apostle Peter wrote his First Epistle from Babylon in A.D. 60 (I Peter 5:13). About the middle of the Fifth Century, Theodoret spoke of Babylon as being inhabited only by Jews who still had three Jewish schools or "Yeshivas" there. In the last year of the same century, the Talmud was issued from Babylon and accepted as authoritative by Jews throughout the world.
In A.D. 917 Ibu Hankel mentioned Babylon as still being in existence, and by A.D. 1100 it had again grown into a city of some importance. Shortly afterwards, it was enlarged, fortified and renamed "Hillah." In 1898, Hillah contained about 10,000 inhabitants and was surrounded by fertile lands and beautiful groves which stretched along the Euphrates River.
During this entire period (B.C. 541 - A.D. 2011) it could never be said that "neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there, neither shall shepherds make their fold there" (Isa. 13:20). Nor could it be said of Babylon - "Her cities are a desolation, a dry land, and a wilderness, a land WHEREIN NO MAN DWELLETH, neither doeth any son of man pass thereby." (Jer. 51:43). Nor could it be said, "... and they shall not take of thee a stone for a corner, nor a stone for foundations, but thou shalt be desolate forever, saith the Lord" (Jer. 51:26), for many towns and cities have been built from the ruins of Babylon - Seleucia by the Greeks, Ctesiphone by the Parthians, Al Maiden by the Persians, and Kufa by the Caliphs. Indeed, in Baghdad today (the capital of modern Iraq) Babylonian stamped bricks may be frequently noticed.
But Isaiah is still more specific, for he locates the time when his prophecy will be fulfilled. He calls it the "DAY OF THE LORD" (Isa. 13:9) - that is to say, at the end of the "Great Tribulation." Moreover, he says that when Babylon is destroyed, "The stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light; the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine" (Isa. 13:19; see also Luke 21:25-27). Surely nothing like this happened when Cyrus took Babylon in B.C. 541.
In the description of the destruction of the city of Babylon given in Revelation 18, we are told that Babylon's destruction will be accomplished in "ONE HOUR" (verse 19). Again - this is certainly not the description of events which surrounded Cyrus's taking of the city. In addition, we are told in the same chapter that she is to be destroyed by fire (Rev. 18:8-9, 18) and this is in exact harmony with the words of Isaiah 13:19 and Jeremiah 50:40. Moreover, in Revelation 16:17-19, we are told that an earthquake will shake the city at the time of its destruction. No such earthquake ever shook the city when Cyrus took it in B.C. 541.
Obviously, then, the Babylon that is described in Isaiah 13 and 14, Jeremiah 50 and 51 and in the Revelation is not the ancient city of Babylon, but some great "latter-day" nation which by means of its enormous military and economic might will establish its ascendancy over the world.
THE DESCRIPTION OF
S. Frank Logsdon (1907-1987) was a Baptist preacher, popular author and Bible conference speaker; Logsdon pastored Moody Memorial Church of Chicago.
"Man seems to have a special delight and a strong aptitude for the use of nicknames and symbolical terms. The 'Bambino' would of course be the home run swatting Babe Ruth, with the 'Hammer,' Henry Aaron, the current champion in that category ... Everyone conversant with boxing would recognize the 'Brown Bomber' as Joe Lewis ... . So also with the Scripture. Prophetic entities, not specifically named in the Bible, may be identified by representations or by descriptions [such as the "Olive Tree" for Israel and the "Lampstand" for the Church] ... The chief reason why many nations of today are not mentioned by name in the Scripture is simply and obviously because ... [they] were not in existence in Bible days. The [human] writer did not know the ethnic names. We must, therefore, search for designations or names or both, which in a convincing manner are applicable [to the world situation of today]. By description, we can identify people, places, and things. Thus, it should not be impossible, or even difficult to identify nations in this manner."
The Bible describes Prophetic Babylon - the eleventh horn (i.e., the "younger" horn) - as follows [and here we only use descriptions of Prophetic Babylon that are generally recognized as such by "mainline" evangelicals):
Now, we ask the reader to put all emotion and feelings aside, and to decide the following question in light of the cold, hard, SCRIPTURAL facts: which nation are we talking about here? We want to emphasize that what has been presented is nothing new. It's just that evangelicals refuse to come to grips with the truth of the prophetic Scriptures.
One additional description should be noted: prophetic Babylon is also described as a nation which shall pose as Israel's chief ally and protector in the "latter days" [Please see Daniel and the Latter Days by Robert Duncan Culver, Chapter 4; please also see Daniel 7]. We ask the reader to name the nation today which is Israel's chief and only ally, that one nation more than any other nation which poses as Israel's defender - be honest, which nation is this?
Evangelicals have in the past contended that Antichrist would secure world dominion as king of the Ten Confederated Kingdoms (evidently a group of Western European states - though it's anyone's guess as to which states these might be, and it's probably not all that important to single the specific states out - after all, what the Bible has in mind here is Western Europe taken as a whole).
But the Scripture in no place identifies the Antichrist as the king of these nations. While the Bible does indicate that he will dominate them, it does not say that he will rule directly over them, but that he will be an ELEVENTH KING OF AN ELEVENTH NATION (see Daniel 7:24). [In this connection it is interesting to note that the number "eleven" is the number of apostasy.]
Moreover, in Daniel chapter seven, concerning the Ten Confederated Kingdoms [the ten horns of the fourth wild beast - verses 7 and 8], the Antichrist is described not as one of the "ten kings," but as an eleventh king of an eleventh nation, a nation independent of, and different from the original ten, a nation, however, which evidently derives its heritage from the original ten nations.
Is there any doubt that the United States has derived its heritage, its culture, and over 80% of its people from Europe? Can there really be any doubt as to the identity of this great latter-day nation? - are we not speaking here of the United States of America?
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